I realized a few weeks ago that having spent most of my life on the beach, be it one coast or the other, I have grown rather complacent about it. I take it for granted. When I first moved to California after having spent a few years inland, I couldn't resist taking my camera to the beach. Unfortunately the $1500 digital camera I was using then didn't create images that were any good for much more than posting to a scrapbook. Once I discovered the desert, it was so new to me that it was all I could think of and I forgot all about the coast.
So I figured I should spend some time trying to look at the coast/beach/beach towns with a new eye. I don't want cliched postcard pretty images that everyone else takes, and they are all too easy to create here in beautiful sunny southern California. I think that's why I got so jaded, kind of a "been there, done that" thing. Too many people making the exact same images. When a place is over-photographed it starts to get boring. I know it's going to take a lot of work and practice to break out of that and find a new way way to see things, and sometimes it gets frustrating.
We took a ride south along the coast yesterday (topless and doorless in the jeep)and stopped for lunch at the Oceanside Harbor. Patio table at Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina, Tacos Chingone for Bill and lobster/shrimp combo Tacos del Patron for me, but of course we shared! Life does not get any better than sitting in the warm sun eating seafood tacos and drinking a margarita rocks/salt with the one you love. Then we took a nice stroll along the harbor to work it off.
Photography-wise it was pretty much a bust. Not too much to grab my interest, something I've really been struggling with lately and I'm just going to continue to try to push through. I'm just stuck in this mindset of wanting something different and not quite knowing what it is. I don't think it helps much that I just don't like the light we've been having lately, although 3:30 in the afternoon is still a little early during the summer.
I guess I just can't stay away from simple geometry and color. Seems to be a common theme of mine. I really fell in love with these blues offset with the white.
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